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The following is a summary of the qualifications for certification in elder law. Please consult the Rules and Regulations for complete information.


  1. Licensure – The applicant must be licensed to practice law in at least one state or the District of Columbia
  2. Practice – The applicant must have practiced law during the five years preceding their application and must still be practicing law.
  3. Integrity/Good Standing – The applicant must be a member in good standing of the bars in all places in which they are licensed.
  4. Substantial Involvement – The applicant must have spent an average of at least 16 hours per week practicing elder law during the three years preceding their application. In addition, they must have handled at least 60 elder law matters during those three years with a specified distribution among subjects as described in section of the rules and regulations.
  5. Continuing Legal Education – The applicant must have participated in at least 45 hours of continuing legal education in elder law during the preceding three years.
  6. Peer Review/Professional References – The applicant must submit the names of five references from attorneys familiar with their competence and qualifications in elder law. These persons must themselves satisfy specified criteria.
  7. Examination – The applicant must sit for the certification examination within two years of filing the short form application.